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Friday, May 13, 2011

1 year postpartum, and let's just call it a weight loss update, too.

I've been insanely honest about post-baby-body issues here. Always have been, and most likely? Always will.

You can see posts where I show my body 5 days postpartum, 12 days postpartum, and 3 months postpartum. All of which make me shudder inside and then make me question why I am so honest. My gosh, I think I have a problem. But, I digress.

Anyway. There was this period between when Emeline was 3 months-7/8 months old where I didn't do anything. I was still nursing. Still hungry often. Ate whatever I wanted. Did my mommy'ing thing, and just stopped caring about my body. I guess, mentally? I thought, well heck, this is my after-baby-body and I need to just deal.

But finally, I snapped out of it, and my sister & I joined Weight Watchers online the first week in January along with every other person in America. (I mean, doesn't everyone start diets that week?) 

It's been a successful journey ever since. I showed you when I lost 21lbs. Then, I even showed you when I lost 27lbs. And now? Since I'm obviously a fan of odd numbers? 

This is me around having lost 33lbs. Thirty. THREE. First of all, am I the only one who pictures 33lbs of fatty uncooked slabs of ground beef? Yes? Oh, sorry for the visual. Vomit. That is a lot of weight. And I'm kind of ashamed at where I was. [Dear Katie, please remember, you had a baby. Breathe. You had a baby.]

But, I'm not at all ashamed with where I am now. I've worked hard.


Okay, okay. I didn't want to have to do it....but I should probably show you where I came from. You know, just so you can throw up a little really appreciate the before and "in progress" (not "after's" since I'm not quite done yet...more on that later) pictures. 

So, excuse me while I go sing in the corner and try to forget I'm posting these yet again.


Did you gasp? Well get ready, because it ain't over yet. I know, I know, this is almost too much for one day. 

Considering this is a 1 year postpartum update, I'm about to do something I've not done since my belly was full of baby. 

Show you it, bare. 

I swore that I'd absolutely NEVER show my stomach again. Not even for belly pictures for future children. It's ruined with stretchmarks from my belly button down, not to mention? It was flabby to the max. 

A quick reminder of my baby belly (this was around 36/37 weeks....and the last one I have "bare"). 


....and one year later. (Oh God, hold me.)


It may be stretchmarked, but it's a heck of a lot flatter and less flabby than it was in January. Just be glad I didn't document the bare belly post baby. Dear Lord, that was scary. Nighmare'ish in fact. I'm still so curvy. My goodness, do I have hips. But I'm pretty happy with where I've come.

And now? For some sass. Because all girls who lost weight & feel pretty good put their hands on their hips for pictures. It's what we do.

Oh hello messy closet background. 

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So, that's where I'm at. I promise, you won't see another weight loss update from me until I reach my final goal, which is about 10-14lbs away. That's a lot to go, but after losing 33? I feel I can do it. I hope I can.

I also just have to say that celebrating Eme's 1st birthday on Saturday, having lost all the pregnancy weight plus another 25+pounds felt good. It did. I like that I can look back on that day and be happy with the girl in the pictures. Because I was able to be fully present, fully there enjoying that day--not tugging at my clothes or feeling self conscious like the old me would have.

I'm glad for that.

76 comments:

  1. Way to go! You look great. I think the bare belly once looks good too! Just in time for Summer!

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  2. Well done! You look fantastic! I did WW in 2008 and lost about 35 lbs so I can relate to how you feel. The before/after pictures are remarkable to look at. Go you!

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  3. Kaite...congratd darling on the weight loss! It sounds so silly but I was almost in tears reading this. I can relate SO much and I am SO SO SO glad that you were able to enjoy Emeline's birthday WITH confidence!! I can't tell you how many birthday's, holiday's, summer's (vacations) I just hid BEHIND the camera because I was ashamed, or embarrassed by the way I looked (my words not yours). I hated that I felt like I did all this hard work planning things and then never was in any pictures to show I was even there! I am so happy for you, you are LIVING your life out and it is amazing!! You look amazing and should be VERY proud of yourself! Oh and curves ROCK, I have learned to LOVE mine! Not so much when I was a high schooler and all the other girls were straight as a board...but now, as a mom...It is HOT! So rock it!!

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  4. Katie, you look AMAZING!! Rock on, hot Mama!

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  5. Katie... CONGRATS you look amazing you really do.. you should be so proud of yourself.. go momma

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  6. Katie! You look FANTASTICAL:o) You can really see the loss and your successful progression through pics. I love them! & they are prob. an excellent motivator for you too! Congrats!

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  7. You look great Katie! :-)
    I need some of your motivation!

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  8. Fantastic job! You've done such a good job at sticking to your new lifestyle and it has definitely paid off. You look beautiful! =)

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  9. Awesome!!!! You are looking fit and FINE! lol. And about those stretch mark belly pics. 1. you're delusional. 2. it's real life. 3. I don't even know what your talking about with that.... Keep up the good work.

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  10. Honey, you look great. Your belly looks fantastic. The way you were stressing, I was expecting way worse. You should see the things I see at work. I can't even see your stretchmarks! Your body looks great, and you're right. You have worked hard! I'm so proud of you and thrilled for you! Go, girl:)

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  11. You look awesome! like holy cow. When I have a hard day on ww and think i can't do this, I think about you and your sissy and how you both have lost so much weight. It helps me get back on the weight loss journey. Oh and you are so brave to put your belly pic on here! Okay, I'm off to eat some carrots :)

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  12. Katie you look so good! Are you working out as well as doing ww? I'm sure this post wasn't easy but be proud of your self, you've worked hard and it shows! Keep up the great work, just think you've already lost half of your target weight. Those last few pounds should melt right off!

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  13. girl, you look amazing!!! Since I'm back at the beginning of the postpartum body again and this second time is worse than the first, this is giving me hope that I CAN and WILL look good and feel confident about myself again. Thanks for taking the risk and posting this to inspire us! :)

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  14. You look fabulous, Katie! Seriously. You worked real hard, and it sure paid off. I'm proud and inspired! It's nice to see a "real" story and not the kind you see in magazines about models 3-mo-post-baby in teeny bikinis... Personal trainers and airbrushed. I'm very happy for you! Keep up the healthy habits! (& it's not like you have a choice in staying active or not with a soon-to-be-walker on your hands! ;p )

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  15. Katie, you look great! You have a HEALTHY approach to your diet and outlook on things.

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  16. You look FABULOUS! I know what you mean about not wanting to share your bare tummy, but I swear I can barely see the stretch marks on you. Congratulations!

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  17. way to go girl.. true inspiration!! I have been slacking and it sucks.. need to get back on track and this motivates me!

    You rock girl.. proud of you.. the before and after pictures really show it all!

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  18. You look awesome. I love that you speak the truth. That is what makes your blog so great. Thanks for sharing :)

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  19. Congratulations Katie! You look amazing.

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  20. You look amazing!! Congrats!!!

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  21. Wonderful progress!!! That's great ... keep it up! I know you can lose those last few pounds!!

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  22. yay!!! so proud of you sissy! and so mad at myself for not taking proper "before" pictures. lol

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  23. You look amazing!!! I can't even see the stretch marks in the picture. Seriously good job and I love your shorts haha.

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  24. Good for you! That's incredible and you look amazing.

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  25. Ive already told you this but I'm going to say it again, you inspire me. My belly is the same, stretch mark city, so to know I'm not alone is a good feelin (seems like all the other mamas are stretch mark free, bitches). Love that you are real& honest about it & you should be proud! You look great!

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  26. You look great and good for you for taking some time to do something for you!

    I would say your first year of Motherhood was a success!

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  27. You're brave and beautiful Katie! How far are you down from prebaby weight? I saw on twitter you're only 14 away from goal! That is AMAZING! Congrats on your hard work! You look great!

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  28. Katie--You look amazing!! Congratulations! And you are crazy, I saw no stretch marks! (i have a few of them on my ta-tas and cocoa butter works miracles) And your honesty is refreshing! :)) keep it up Katie!

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  29. Katie you look great! You have done such a great job. I am trying to get my butt in gear to start exercising. It's been hard because spring will not come to our area and who wants to run outside in the rain? Excuses, excuses!!

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  30. You are such an inspiration, truly. You look amazing and inspired me to start losing my weight. Expect some questions :)

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  31. You look awesome!!!!!! I honestly couldn't even see the stretchmarks.

    You are seriously my inspiration for keeping up with WW. I figure that I will eventually be able to say I lost 33 lbs, too. It may be a longer timeframe, but still..... eventually :)

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  32. That is so awesome! Congrats:)

    Loving your blog!!

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  33. WAY TO GO!!! 33 pounds?!
    I've never been one for diets, but I can't seem to shake this extra baby weight... I might just have to try the weight watchers!!!
    You look great!

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  34. You look GREAT ! I didn't really believe weight watchers worked!! thanks for proving me wrong!

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  35. YOU LOOK AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I know you hate posting these pictures, but it's so motivating. Keep it up girl. You'll get to your goal in no time!!!!

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  36. HOLY SHRINKING MAMMA!! you look so amazing, and you are totally beach ready! You are a smokin mom who loves her bbay girl, her husband, and LOVES HERSELF!! You will hit your goalgoal in no time, but in this moment, you are rockin!!

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  37. You look ah-mazing! I love the weight loss updates so keep them coming!

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  38. You look amazing! Way to go, you should be so proud!

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  39. You look AMAZING!! Way to go!!

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  40. You look awesome. And seriously, I cannot even see a single stretch mark. I'm hoping maybe people can't see mine either, that it's just me. I think that's wishful thinking though, ha! Especially with this watermelon that's getting bigger everyday:) Anyhow.....way to go!

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  41. Congratulations! You look amazing, and it is always a big feat to lose baby weight. And hey, more hips just prepare you more for the next one :)

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  42. Congrats! You look amazing and should be so proud!

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  43. I know everyone has their own body image issues no matter where you start out but girlfriend! You look great! Your before in Jan? Ha! I wish that were me! Bah!!!! Flabby is my middle name. Oh well, I have a sparkling smile! ;o) Congrats!

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  44. Katie, you look awesome...and it's all due to YOUR hard work!

    PS- I know I just did a losing inches vs losing pounds post, but I totally wish I could brag about a 33 pound loss!

    PPS- I totally feel you on posting bare-belly photos. I'm always super self-conscious when I have, and I totally rolled my eyes when people told me that my stretch marks didn't look that bad...'cause they look AWFUL to me. So with all that said, I think your tummy looks great, and the stretch marks really aren't noticeable to me! (Feel free to roll your eyes at that, because like I said, I did when people said it to me, lol...but it's true!)

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  45. Amazeballs. Totally.

    You seriously look awesome. And the hips? Me too. But I like them now. Makes me all womanly and stuff.

    By the way. Your "postbaby yuck" tummy? Yeah. Whatever. Sorry, lady, but it's not bad at all. Now mine? BAHAHAHA. There are no words.

    (four hours later and blogger is finally letting me post my comment...thank god for copy and paste. Lol)

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  46. OK, lady, you are the SHIZ for REALZ. You look fantastic and you're totally making me feel like I CAN lose the rest of this baby weight...even though it's slow going!

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  47. You look amazing. Even better is how you feel, which is apparent in your writing, in your face and posture in your pictures, it's just oozing form you [except oozing things are typically gross and this is not gross]. I'm proud of you, as long as that doesn't sound condescending. You've been strong and consistent and honestly? I'm a little jealous. But in a good way.

    Keep it up my friend. Maybe we can do a beach day this summer? You can go flaunt your hotness all over the Jersey Shore and I'll watch the babes in a cover up under the umbrella :)

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  48. You are awesome! So awesome. I'm trying to lose my baby weight ... 6 years later but who's asking? ... and you've helped inspire me! I started really working hard this week and can't wait until I can do a weight loss post. Again - you look FABULOUS!

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  49. Wow! I just found your blog recently and I love it so much!! I am trying to lose some weight before I have a baby "for a healthier pregnancy" and I'm doing ww! it is awesome. 30 lbs is my goal-- 20 away! Way to go girl thanks for being such great motivation!

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  50. Ohmagod girl, you look ah-mazing. I am so impressed with your weight-loss journey and your commitment. You are officially a hot Mama, keep up the good work!

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  51. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G !!! I'm speechless !
    Needless to say, You look GORGEOUS!

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  53. oh no all your wonderful comments gone! :( well you look AMAZING! :) and i just have to know, as i'm sure many are wondering, did you exercise along with weight watchers?

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  54. You really really look fantastic! You should be so proud of your self and you can't even see the stretch marks in your new bare belly pic. I also want to join WW after I have my little girl. How much did you work out along with the WW?

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  55. You look amazing and you're an inspiration, not only to your friends (ME!) but to the vast internet.

    Hope your hot ass enjoys all the googly eyes you get from Dec this weekend while you're prancing around in your swim suit :)

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  56. girl, you look GREAT! You should be very proud of yourself!

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  57. You look great! You were smart to take pictures so that you could really see the difference! I wish I had done that before I lost weight over the last few months. Although some of it wasn't really intentional! I can tell when I look at older photos.

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  58. You look AH-MAZING!!!!!!! Congrats!!!!

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  59. first off - u look AMAZING. 2....what stretch marks? I seriously see nothing. Mine post baby are still angry pinkinsh and stripey looking eight months post partum. 3rd - how much working out are you doing in addition to WW?? Congrats again!!

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  60. You look great! You should be proud!

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  61. You look FABULOUS! Congrats on the new post baby body. I love your dress from her birthday party. Great memories when you can look at the photos and smile too ;)

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  62. I'm so proud of you!! You look AWESOME!

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  63. I just found your page from Life After I "Dew" and just wanted to say congrats on the weight loss! You look so great! I'm 17 months post baby and just now at pre-pregnancy. Slow, slow process. But I'm not really working too hard at it. Are you working out in addition to the WW online?

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  64. OMG, you look amazing!! And you brave, brave soul you. I don't know if I could post bare belly pics on my blog ;)

    PS- Thanks for the email too... you now have a new follower =)

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  65. Katie, I have to say that's a huge accomplishment. Losing weight isn't easy and you've done it in a healthy way. Kudos to you...big time. Seeing this reminds me that I need to get back on the wagon. The before and after pictures really show how hard you’ve worked. Your post baby belly also is nothing to be ashamed of. You really look great and are a beautiful woman!

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  66. Katie! You have done so wonderful! You look GREAT!

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  67. You look so amazing! I'm so glad you posted this. I am TTC and I'm so glad there is hope to look awesome after a baby! WAY TO GO!

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  68. i've been reading your blog for a while now and i want to say congrats on your weight loss so far! i've been successful in the past with weight watchers and actually re-committed today to get back on track and jump start my weight loss again. i had previously skipped your vlog's about WW and went back this morning to watch them :) good luck as you go forward with reaching your goal!!! you look fantastic :)

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  69. you look wonderful! Such great inspiration for someone just starting:) Just curious ifi you workout and if so how much time and what do you do?

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  70. GIRL! You look AH-FREAKIN-MAZING! Seriously, I am so happy for you! It DOES feel so good right?! You work that sass girl, you so got it ;)

    I remember losing 29 lbs after I had Xander and I felt like a freaking supermodel. It was total euphoria. I've gained about 5 of it back {after almost 5 years} but I'm happy where I'm at :)

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